A record number of detainees spent the night in Exeter’s police cells after another busy weekend for Devon and Cornwall’s officers.
According to a tweet from the official Twitter account for Exeter Custody Centre, 18 detainees were in the cells at their new custody centre this morning.
That apparently is a new record for the building. It was not stated what the previous record had been.
“Too busy to tweet today but 18 detainees in Exeter this morning!,” they tweeted.
“The most at once so far at the new centre I believe. Told the number of logs last night was same as NYE. 12 handed to lates. (Fingers crossed) they have a calmer shift! #HappySunday
Police faced a weekend of mayhem across Devon and Cornwall with drunken violence and disorder breaking out across the region.
In Devon, police attended reports of a stabbing in Dawlish, fighting in Teignmouth, and a man with a weapon in Exeter.
Officers also issued a zero tolerance notice for Bideford town centre after an outbreak of drunken violence.
Across the border in Cornwall, there was serious crime and disorder with beach parties getting out of hand in Polzeath and Falmouth and violence in Looe, which has left two men in hospital with serious head injuries.
In total, there were more than 1,400 crimes reported on Saturday, surpassing even the 1,300 on Friday which itself was compared to a busy New Year’s Eve.